The Big Five: May 8-10
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The Big Five: May 8-10

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

A page from Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (real name Steve Murray) will be presenting at TCAF, one of our top events this week

A page from Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Zdarsky (real name Steve Murray) will be presenting at TCAF, one of our top events this week.

Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism
OCAD University (100 McCaul St., Room 230.)
May 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free.

A lecture by noted Mexican artist Alejandro Cartagena, to be followed by a conversation with author and urban columnist Shawn Micallef.

For the past decade Alejandro Cartagena has been investigating the relationship between Mexico’s urban centres and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents.

The Music Gallery presents Emergents IV: Architek Percussion + Fjola Evans
The Music Gallery (197 John St.) 

May 8, 8:00 p.m.
$12 general, $8 for members.

Fjóla Evans is a composer and cellist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland with roots in Toronto, who writes both electronic and acoustic music. Using found recordings, digital dirt, and the extended range of the cello, Fjóla will create an immersive world of new sound, with an ancient Icelandic feeling.

Architek Percussion, consisting of Ben Duinker, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, and Alessandro Valiante, is a Montreal-based quartet specializing in the performance of experimental, minimalist, multi-disciplinary, and electroacoustic chamber music

The Spring Market
Crown Flora Studio (1233 REAR Queen St. W.)
M ay 9, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prices vary.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and the plant and flower shop Crown Flora will be hosting a pop up market with vendors including Sea Flower Studios, Rufus+Murdog children’s apparel, and Bookhou, in addition to Crown Flora’s own leather and canvas bags.

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play
Toronto’s Historic Aztec Theatre (1035 Gerrard St. E.)
May 9, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets from $29.95

Two-time Dora Award-Winning company Outside the March teams up with Starvox Entertainment & Crow’s Theatre to take on both The Simpsons and The Apocalypse in this brand-new immersive experience, staged entirely without the use of electricity. Front row audience members will get to kick back and watch the end of the world from the comfort of interactive couch seating. (Runs to May 31)

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St.)
May 9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; May 10, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A week long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. Since 2009, TCAF has been held at Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada, and presented by Toronto Public Library. (Check out our guide to the fest, too.)